Trail conditions

Banff National Park

Important information

Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.

CAUTION! Avalanche danger

You are responsible for your own safety. Check the Avalanche Bulletin for the latest conditions.


Vehicle parking is limited to designated areas only. Roadside parking is prohibited. Signage and monitoring will be used throughout the park to inform the public of parking restrictions and encourage compliance.


Dogs are not allowed on some of the groomed ski trails. Refer to the information below for restrictions. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times.

 

Wildlife and you

Bears are out of hibernation. When you see wildlife, give them space for your safety and their survival. If you’re out on the trails, travel in tight groups of 4 or more, stay alert, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Know before you go!

Closures and restrictions

For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.

For more information, please contact us:

 Banff: 403-762-1550

 Lake Louise: 403-522-3833

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Banff Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

Recent tracksetting: Apr. 4 - Redearth Creek Trail; Mar. 30 - Cascade Valley Trail (Lake Minnewanka parking lot to Upper Bankhead, Lake Minnewanka parking lot to Cascade River bridge - 6km); Mar. 8 - Spray River Trail West, Spray River Trail East, Goat Creek Trail; Mar. 7 - Cascade Valley Trail (Cascade River bridge to Stoney Creek); Mar. 6 - Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails, Sundance Canyon Trail, Healy Creek Trail.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails Not Maintained 17-03-2024: Tracksetting has ended for the season; Trail details
Easy Spray River Winter: West Trail Fair. 08-03-2024: Fresh snow covering track set; Icy sections; Freeze / thaw cycle; Trail details
Easy Spray River Winter: East Trail Not recommended. 08-03-2024: No dogs allowed; Freeze / thaw cycle; Icy sections; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Poor. 06-03-2024: Freeze / thaw cycle; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Tracksetting has ended for the season; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Winter Trail Poor. 06-03-2024: Tracksetting has ended for the season; Insufficient snow for tracksetting for cross-country skiing; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka parking lot to Upper Bankhead Poor. 30-03-2024: No dogs allowed; Double trackset classic and skate; Icy sections; Freeze / thaw cycle; Small sections of pavement showing through the snow; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka parking lot to Cascade River bridge Fair. 30-03-2024: No dogs allowed; Double trackset classic and skate; Icy sections; Freeze / thaw cycle; Small sections of pavement showing through the snow; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Cascade River bridge to Stoney Creek Fair. 07-03-2024: Single trackset classic and skate; No dogs allowed; Icy sections; Freeze / thaw cycle; Fresh snow covering track set; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Winter Trail Hazardous conditions. 08-03-2024: No dogs allowed; Single trackset classic and skate; Freeze / thaw cycle; Icy sections; Not recommended; Tracksetting has ended for the season; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Winter Trail Not Maintained 30-03-2024: Tracksetting has ended for the season; Icy sections; Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Winter Trail Poor. 04-04-2024: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; No dogs allowed; Avalanche debris on trail; Avalanche risk, use caution; Icy sections; Freeze / thaw cycle; Trail details

Banff Area Snowshoeing Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Drive - Winter Wet and snowy sections. 09-04-2024: Freeze / thaw cycle; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Winter Trail Spring conditions 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Winter Trail Spring conditions 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Winter Loop Spring conditions 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Compact snow; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Winter Trail Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Sections of deep snow; Snowshoes recommended; Freeze / thaw cycle; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Winter Trail Spring conditions 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Compact snow; Trail details

Banff Area Winter Walking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Fenland Winter Trail Spring conditions 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Wet and muddy sections; Compact snow; Trail details
Easy Marsh Winter Loop Spring conditions 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Wet and muddy sections; Compact snow; Trail details
Easy Spray Winter Connector Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: No dogs allowed; Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Winter Trail Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Winter Trail Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Winter Trail Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Winter Trail Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Stay on trail; Icy sections; Compact snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Winter Trail Fair. 09-04-2024: Cleats recommended; Icy sections; Compact snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Banff Area Fat Biking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Multi-use Winter Trails Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Studded tires recommended; Icy sections; Compact snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Winter Trail Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Studded tires recommended; Icy sections; Compact snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Studded tires recommended; Icy sections; Compact snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Winter Trail Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Studded tires recommended; Icy sections; Compact snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Winter Loop Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Studded tires recommended; Icy sections; Compact snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Winter Trail Variable conditions. 09-04-2024: Studded tires recommended; Icy sections; Compact snow; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking Trails

Winter conditions. Avalanche risk! When travelling beyond the marked trails, or past an avalanche danger sign, assume that you are in avalanche country - your group should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment. For more information on winter travel and how to stay safe in the mountains, visit Parks Canada - Mountain Safety

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 08-04-2024: Dogs on leash permitted; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 08-04-2024: Dogs on leash permitted; Cleats recommended; Slippery sections; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Creek Snow covered with icy sections. 08-04-2024: Dogs on leash permitted; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Trail Snow covered with icy sections. 08-04-2024: Dogs on leash permitted; Cleats recommended; Avalanche danger beyond reaching the lake; Trail details
Easy “Highline” trail to Paradise Creek Caution. 08-04-2024: Avalanche Risk rated as Simple Class 1 terrain - at km 1, the trail crosses the runout zone of an avalanche path which rarely runs; Unmaintained trail; Deadfall on trail; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake, via Lake Agnes Trail See comment section 08-04-2024: Avalanche risk: Sections of this trail cross avalanche terrain. Beyond Mirror Lake, the trail is rated as Challenging Class 2 for avalanche exposure and travel requires appropriate avalanche training and equipment; Cleats recommended; Slippery sections; Trail details
Easy Laggan's Loop Snow covered with icy sections. 08-04-2024: Dogs on leash permitted; Cleats recommended; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

All tracksetting is done for the season. Recent tracksetting: April 7 - Lower Tramline. April 6 - Pipestone, Hector, Drummond, Merlin; Great Divide (west of Great Divide arch closed). April 5 - Moraine Lake Rd. March 31 - Upper Tramline; Lower Telemark; Bow River Loop.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Moraine Lake Road See comment section 05-04-2024: Avalanche risk: Beyond the viewpoint the trail crosses large avalanche paths.; Double trackset classic and skate; No dogs allowed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Fairview Loop Snow covered. 08-04-2024: Tracksetting has ended for the season; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Tramline Track-set 08-04-2024: No dogs allowed; Single trackset classic; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Upper Tramline Track-set 31-03-2024: No dogs allowed; Single trackset classic; Trail details
Moderate Lake Louise Loop Caution. 29-03-2024: Ice is thin, unpredictable and may give away unexpectedly; Lake surface not recommended; Tracksetting has ended for the season; Fresh snow over compact snow ; Trail details
Difficult Upper Telemark Snow covered. 29-03-2024: Tracksetting has ended for the season; No dogs allowed; Fresh snow over compact snow ; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Trail See comment section 06-04-2024: Great Divide trail CLOSED west of the archway due to fire fuel reduction project in effect until further notice. Smoke from debris pile burning possible in area. ; Trail will not be maintained west of the Great Divide arch winter 2023/2024.; No dogs allowed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Double trackset classic and skate; Trail details
Easy Peyto Trail Snow covered. 29-03-2024: Tracksetting has ended for the season; No dogs allowed; Fresh snow over compact snow ; Trail details
Easy Lower Telemark See comment section 09-04-2024: Tracksetting has ended for the season; Fresh snow over compact snow ; Icy sections; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Campground Loop See comment section 06-04-2024: Tracksetting has ended for the season; Campground road section has been plowed. ; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Variable conditions. 08-04-2024: Dogs on leash permitted; Snow covered; Icy sections; Trail details
Easy Townsite Variable conditions. 08-04-2024: Dogs on leash permitted; Snow covered; Icy sections; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Loop Track-set 06-04-2024: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Drummond Track-set 06-04-2024: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Hector Track-set 06-04-2024: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Merlin Track-set 06-04-2024: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details

Bow Summit Area on Icefields Parkway

Winter conditions. Avalanche risk! When travelling beyond the marked trails, or past an avalanche danger sign, assume that you are in avalanche country - your group should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment. For more information on winter travel and how to stay safe in the mountains, visit parksmountainsafety.ca

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Snow covered with icy sections. 08-04-2024: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trekking pole(s) recommended; Slippery sections; Trail details
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